Photo Retouching and Editing
The more I know about images and
photo editing, the more I realize that we're absolutely surrounded
by a manipulated and enhanced
world of images. Newspapers, magazines, billboards, product packaging,
promotional materials, the Internet and much of what we see on
TV is heavily worked-over. Unless you work in
field, where showing imperfection is the purpose, your images
and photos for the web and advertising need to be perfect as well.
Photos for the Web
The first client question is always: "Where do I get
photos for my website?"
There are several options. You can hire a professional
which might be an option or a must, depending on the nature of
your project. If you are in the Czech Republic, I can make recommendations
for professional photographers.
For merely illustrative
images (i.e. a picture of a phone next to your contacts),
I use extensive stock photography sources. The prices are very
(as low as 25-50 CZK per picture for web purposes)
and if you need the same image in print quality, it
can be obtained at a reasonable price. For many websites, this
is all that's needed. But it obviously doesn't suffice if you
need product photos, staff or facility photos etc.
The web is very forgiving when it comes to photo quality. What
wouldn't work for printing may be appropriately edited
and 'air brushed' to work on the computer screen. In many
cases I can edit snapshots.
Even professional photos need to be edited in size to fit the
computer screen. If the quality is very high, batch
processing creates standard sized photos. Typical would be
a product photo, needed as a small thumbnail on a category
page, a little bigger next to product description and
in fill-the-screen-as-much-as-possible size for detail view.
However, most images benefit from further editing beyond
size. Cropping eleminiates "everything
that doesn't tell the story" - background, furniture
next to he subject, etc. It's simple, fast and always worth it.
resizing for the web,blurry images can be fixed by sharpening.
If there are flaws in the image, it's time to 'airbrush' it -
retouch it. Red-eye caused by flash is classic. Results are always
best when done by hand, even if your fotolab offers automatic red-eye
reduction. Skin tones often are a problem. Dust, scratches
and cracks appear often on scanned or older photos. All this can
be eliminated for 'picture perfect' artwork.
Selecting Photos for the Web
Not familiar with the wonders photo editing can do?
I prefer you provide as many photos as possible, allowing me to
choose. You may underestimate a badly lit photo that
has a lot
of potential or a blurry photo which has wonderful detail that
can be cut out and fixed. The only thing nearly impossible
to edit is 'flare,' white spots from too much light. If the photo
is dark, it can be made lighter, but flared photos permanently
To see what can be done with photos, see the "before
and after" in Photo Editing
Prices and Conditions
- I'm able to accept images in most common digital formats on
CD, DVD, ZIP or via downloading. Sending them over e-mail is
only useful in small amounts.
- I can scan printed materials or photos up to A4 or Letter size
(about 30x20 cm), otherwise I can scan them in several parts
and blend them together.
- The standard price for photo editing is 500 CZK per hour. Once
I know the scope of your project and quality of original material,
I can give you a closer estimate.
we help improving your photos? Feel free to contact
- Free initial site/project overview.
- Flexible photo editing / retouching services, with communication
in Czech or English.